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Employment Counsellor/Job Coach

Posted: September 22, 2022

The Role

Position Status: Full Time (40 hours/week), until March 2023 with a possibility of extension

The Organization

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) is an affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta and has a mandate in education, training, and research. With a decentralized network of 11 employment services centres, in addition to two mobile service units, RLI designs and delivers training and education services to more than 140,000 Alberta Métis.

The RLI Vision is: “A Skilled and Knowledgeable, Self-Reliant Métis Nation.”
The RLI Mission is: “To enhance the self-sufficiency and well-being of Alberta Métis through quality education, training, and research.”

The Opportunity

The Job Coach/Employment Counsellor assists clients to achieve long-term sustainable employment. This includes assisting with job search, career decision making, skill enhancement, and employment maintenance strategies to identify and overcome potential barriers to employment. This position includes screening clients for job readiness, assessing client skills, developing action plans, and preparing clients for job search and matching them with appropriate employment.

To Fit the Role


  • Establish rapport with clients to conduct employability assessments to determine strengths, needs, barriers, employment issues, and goals.
  • Describe the eligibility criteria for the options suitable for the client’s employment goal and assess the client’s eligibility. Outline applicable funding options including: RLI funding, student finance, relevant bursaries, and scholarships, etc. Assist the client with funding applications.
  • Review labour market information and assist clients to conduct occupational research that identifies and clarifies a suitable career goal. Work with clients to develop action plans leading to employment.
  • Provide regular and consistent support to clients. Maintain regular contact with clients and institutions regarding attendance and overall progress. Assist clients with any issues that may arise.
  • Liaise with employers to determine skill requirements for available jobs.
  • Document all pertinent client information in digital and hardcopy files.
  • Coach clients on job search and interview skills. Research occupations and requirements to assist clients in making informed choices with employment/education plan.
  • Actively promote RLI projects and services, and present information to various stakeholders in the town of Fort McMurray and surrounding area as required.
  • Travel as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Rupertsland Institute Fort McMurray Head Office


  • Post-secondary education in Career Development, Humanities, Social Services, or a related field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years working with clients in a counselling capacity, or similar role related to employment services.
  • Must be located in Fort McMurray, or in close proximity to commute to the Fort McMurray, AB office.
  • Knowledge of challenges, barriers, and social/economic factors facing Indigenous individuals.
  • Knowledge of Métis culture, community, and history.
  • Experience or exposure networking with industry, employers, and community partners.
  • Knowledge of Labour Market trends and supply and demand.
  • Understanding of FOIP, PIPA, and other applicable legislation.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under minimal supervision, demonstrate excellent time and change management skills, and ability to deal deescalate stressful situations.
  • Demonstrate genuine interest and respect for people from all walks of life.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including: Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Application Deadline

September 29, 2022

Application Procedure

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter with salary expectations to by September 29, 2022, quoting “EC/JC Fort McMurray” in your email subject line.

Rupertsland Institute thanks all applicants for their interest. Only successful applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please.